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School supply “shop” opens at Conestoga Elementary for new year

Checklists in hand, Conestoga Elementary students and their parents recently crossed school supply shopping off their to-do lists in a special “shop” set up by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) employees. BCBSNE, Conestoga’s Adopt-a-School partner, hosts an annual school supply drive for the elementary school. Departments and employees throughout the company collect

By |2019-08-15T16:56:46-05:00August 16th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on School supply “shop” opens at Conestoga Elementary for new year

Roots in numbers grow into diverse experiences, lead to his dream job

Steve Konnath’s career reflects the sports analogy a manager once used to describe his potential. “He saw me as a multipurpose back on a football team,” Konnath said. “He could put me anywhere, and I could do anything.” For a stretch in his career, Konnath, who currently serves as vice president of actuarial, underwriting and

By |2019-08-01T10:45:33-05:00August 6th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Roots in numbers grow into diverse experiences, lead to his dream job

Helping members is her passion

January Miller has always enjoyed helping others. As a customer service representative at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), she assists the company’s members every day. “It’s a very humbling experience,” Miller said, “and rewarding, too.” Miller came to BCBSNE in October 2018. While she didn’t have experience in the health care industry,

By |2019-07-19T11:19:00-05:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Helping members is her passion

BCBSNE creates employee resource group to support LGBTQ community

When Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska employees (BCBSNE) expressed interest in learning how to support the company’s LGBTQ community, the Diversity and Inclusion Business Council (DIBC) set out to make it happen. The DIBC, which cultivates an inclusive culture at BCBSNE, created an interactive session on fostering a safe and welcoming environment for

By |2019-07-12T08:40:44-05:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE creates employee resource group to support LGBTQ community

BCBSNE’s award-winning customer service department starts with training, support

It takes a unique skillset to work in customer service in the health care industry. Lisa Rock, a customer service manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), knows. “We’re helping people with their health care and their finances,” Rock said. “Those are two incredibly important, sensitive things for our members.” BCBSNE helps

By |2019-07-12T11:04:10-05:00July 10th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Stories|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE’s award-winning customer service department starts with training, support

Curiosity and creativity collide at ProtoLab Day Camp

Six Howard Kennedy Elementary School students crowd around a laser cutter at Metropolitan Community College (MCC), cheeks pressed against the glass, eyes glued on the action as the machine etches their custom designed nametags into reality. Ken Heinze, MCC prototype design lab coordinator, steps up and invites the students to open the machine with him.

By |2019-06-18T09:16:44-05:00June 21st, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Curiosity and creativity collide at ProtoLab Day Camp

4 tips to celebrate summer and the great outdoors safely

Ah, summer. Nothing beats enjoying a long, hot day in the great outdoors. Swimming, hiking, camping – however you choose to celebrate the warmer months, stay safe and have fun all season long by utilizing the following safety tips. 1. Don’t catch rays. Dodge them Lounging poolside under the sweltering sun sounds like the start

By |2019-06-12T09:46:43-05:00June 18th, 2019|Categories: Health and Wellness, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on 4 tips to celebrate summer and the great outdoors safely

Omaha Public Schools students with disabilities grow workplace skills at BCC

The Winner’s Circle Café at Blue Cross Centre (BCC) serves more than meals to hungry employees: it serves special needs students from Omaha Public Schools (OPS). Students from Burke High School and South High School in the OPS Work-Based Learning program come to the café with a paraprofessional several days a week during the school

By |2019-06-10T15:19:37-05:00June 15th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Omaha Public Schools students with disabilities grow workplace skills at BCC

Life safety officer discovers ‘can’t miss’ opportunities in new role

Terel Dunn started at Blue Cross Centre (BCC) as a Frontline Security contractor two years ago. In his third year at BCC, Dunn joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) security and life safety team, becoming a full-time employee and discovering “can’t miss” opportunities for growth. Dunn transitioned to his role as a

By |2019-06-07T14:01:05-05:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: Our Take, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Life safety officer discovers ‘can’t miss’ opportunities in new role

You never know when you may need it

Jenny Hemmer recently participated in basic life support training for health care providers who work at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). Hemmer, a nurse case manager, took the class because “as a nurse, I feel like I should always be certified (in basic life support), but you never know when you may